TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
TAKE A HOLD OF YOUR WORDSIsaiah 50:4
James, who wasn’t known for mincing his words, tells it like it is: ‘A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.’ (James 3: 5,6 NLT)
His harsh words might make you want to chop off your tongue, but it is important to carefully consider what we let out of our mouths. So many people don’t, and it’s no wonder that James describes the sort of careless, insulting language that results as “set on fire by hell itself!” Let’s also focus on the fact that our words can do amazing good as well. Taking a hold of your tongue is more important than all the church meetings you go to (or how many hours you clock in reading the Word 4U 2Day J) Pause each day and ask God to help you talk in a way that’s good, helpful, and wholesome. Listen, and then speak – as the old chestnut goes, you’ve been given two ears and one mouth, which might indicate the proportion of listening to speaking you should do!
Even when you try to speak truth, consider, is it also helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind?